People over 50, from all walks of life have joined GVI to find their passion for volunteering. Experienced or not, GVI has volunteer projects containing a unique blend of cultural immersion and exploration that will suit your needs. Project focuses range from marine and wildlife conservation, to child care, animal care, health care and teaching. GVI offers older volunteers a chance to take part in a responsible holiday, cross off some items from their bucket list and learn new skills. It is never too late to start making a difference!
GVI was formed in 1997 to provide support and services to international charities, non-profits and governmental agencies through volunteering and internship opportunities and direct funding. GVI is guided by a unique commitment to its participants and to its partners. To the volunteer it offers support, safe and responsible travel experiences, exceptional training and career development opportunities and a chance to make a real difference. To its partners it commits all research ownership rights and all work is undertaken fully under their direction, in conjunction with the local community. GVI has an alumni base of over 28,000, is a non-political, non-religious organization, which through its alliance with various project partners in about 10 countries, provides opportunities to volunteers to fill a critical void in the fields of environmental research, conservation, education and community development. Their international partners include or has included the South African National Parks Board, Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund, Jane Goodall Institute, Rainforest Concern, WWF (Mexico), Save the Children (Mexico), Red Cross (Fiji) and Kenyan Wildlife Service.